Fear is one of those things that keeps us from success. It prevents us from growing and developing and it prevents us from doing what we want.
Find the steps and tips for conquering fear – the biggest roadblock in achieving what you want in life.
Address the fact that you have a fear. Knowing that it exists is the first step to knowing what you need to overcome.
Accept that there is a fear. Know that others have the same fear. Know that others have overcome this fear and have lived a bolder life because of it.
Preparation – Meditatation
Success is where preparation meets opportunity. Remember that being prepared to face your fear is the only way to overcome it. If your fear is being alone at a restaurant, it could make sense to bring a book to keep yourself distracted. If you have social anxiety and need to take the train somewhere, bring a set of headphones. You can always put them away but if you don’t have them, you won’t have a way to distract yourself.
Visualize what you are about to do. Sometimes things seem overwhelming when in reality, they aren’t nearly as bad as it seems. If your fear of spiders is keeping you out of the woods, visualize the worst case scenario. Feel free to research as well. Maybe it’s not worth being afraid of going on that camping trip because of your fear of spiders if the location doesn’t have bugs!
What is the reward for stepping outside of your comfort zone and overcoming the fear? Ultimately this is your motivator. Don’t lose sight of what’s important and what brings value to your life.
Expose yourself to the fear. Start small if you have to. Little wins are better than always hiding behind your fears and never going outside of your comfort zone.
Stress & Positivity
Stay positive and do what it takes to reduce stress. Small doses of stress are great. Research performed by University of California, Berkley, shows that some stress pushes you to optimal brain activity and alertness. Researcher, Daniela Kaufer, associate professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, says, ”
“I think intermittent stressful events are probably what keeps the brain more alert, and you perform better when you are alert.”
If you can build and grow from small daily pushes then it’s worth going outside of your comfort zone, if only for a few minutes a day.
So don’t worry about what others think and remember that at the end of the day, most people are just thinking about themselves.
“Life begins where fear ends”